There are few things that can affect our day — or inspire small talk in an elevator —quite like the weather. But instead of getting caught in a heavy downpour without an umbrella, what if there were a group of special people who could give us a hint beforehand? That’s why we celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day every year on February 5 — on the birthday of John Jeffries, one of the first weather observers to take daily measurements (back in 1774). The day honors individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting and broadcast meteorology, as well as volunteer storm spotters and observers.
Why We Love Our Weatherpeople (and National Weatherperson’s Day)
A. They help us plan our day
It’s hard to imagine leaving the house in the morning without checking to see if it’s predicted to rain or if we need to bring a jacket. Not to mention finding out if some major weather event is threatening our safety. Thank goodness we have our friendly weatherperson to let us know what to expect so we aren’t caught unprepared.
B. Predicting the weather is cool science
From the early days of the thermometer and barometer to today’s use of advanced radar and satellites, science and technology have made some amazing tools available to meteorologists and weather enthusiasts to predict the weather.
C. Weatherpeople save lives
Knowing a major weather event is coming has saved countless lives. From preparing your home for a storm, to staying off the roads due to major evacuations, our weatherpeople are using their knowledge and insights to keep us prepared and safe.
How to Celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day
1. Thank your weatherperson
Forecasting the weather is not an easy job. Even with all the technology available, meteorology is not an exact science. These days most newscasters use some form of social media to keep us updated. Take a moment to let them know you appreciate their hard work.
2. Go outside
Life is so hectic these days and it’s easy to find ourselves running from the house to our car to our office and back again. Take a moment and just go outside to appreciate the weather. Even if it’s miserable out, taking a moment to rejoice in the changing seasons can put a smile on your face and make the day a little easier.
3. Try your hand at predicting the weather
There are numerous games and simulations on-line that will let you practice predicting the weather. Check them out—you may never look at your weatherperson the same way again!
Favorite Weather Resources
The National Severe Storms Laboratory — NOAA
This organization works to provide accurate and timely forecasts and warning of hazardous weather events
Weather safety information — Ready.gov
Learn how to stay safe during all types of severe weather conditions
AMS — American Meteorological Society
The nation’s premier scientific and professional meteorological organization.